by Nevs Coleman

Kirbydactyl and Ditkosaurus

Another entry from the ‘Reading through old comics when I should be bagging them’ file, I found this astounding letter in Comics International issue 107, published May 1999. As a statement of sheer scorched earth hatred, it’s as strong as anything uttered by Rotten, Mark E. Smith or such like, it reads as follows:

Kirbydactyl and Ditkosaurus

(Comment by Robbie Worthington, Hampstead Garden Suburbs.)

I’m only 15 years old, and have been only reading comics for a couple of years. But I am getting sick and tired of everyone slagging off my favourite comics while telling me how good comics used to be. Whenever I go to a comic mart or even to a comics store, there are always these older fans telling me how great comics used to be.

First of all, I wonder why people in their 30s and 40s and even older are still reading comics anyway. They’re supposed to be adults – haven’t they grown up? Don’t they have anything better to do with their lives?

Comics are for kids, they always have been, and they always will be. Adults should be reading books or doing something useful instead of behaving like children and moaning about how horrible everything is.

Secondly, these people are always going on about all the great artists of the past, like these people should be in museums next to real artists. They’re always going on about people like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.

Well, I’e seen the work of these artists, and I don’t see what the big deal is. Ditko draws really scratchy, with stupid looking people with funny faces, and his work is so old-fashioned that it looks like it’s about 100 years old. As for Jack Kirby, I just don’t see what’s so great about him. his characters all look stiff and awkward, with all these unnecessary lines eerywhere. His work doesn’t flow and it’s really hard on the eye.

I do agree though theses people should be in museums. Only not in art museums but in history museums, next to the dinosaurs, because that’s what they are. Times change, and if people can’t change with the times then I think that’s really sad.

Weird looking scratchy Ditko woman, yesterday.

'Awkwardly stiff' Big Barda. Fighting against uneccessary lines in Torquay.



I want to know more about Robbie Worthington. IS there a Robbie, or was it all some kind of wind up to annoy Dez Skinn’s readership? Is he still in Hampstead, if he is real? If he was 15 when this was originally published in 1997, then he must be knocking on 30 quite soon. Is he in possession of a standing order?  Does he still hate Jack and Ditko?  Anyone with the truth, or failing that, some entertaining lies, let me know!

My special plug goes to the incredibly talented Jamie Smart, who’s Ubu Bubu collection is in shops now (Or at least Orbital London has copies as of 5pm today 0207 240 0591).

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One response

  1. Nevs: The “funny looking people” by Steve Ditko picture that you attached is actually by John Romita. Change it quick before anyone else notices and your credibility is lost forever!

    March 8, 2010 at 09:51

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